to enjoy your Easter Celebrations
with your family, with the angels,
and with eggs full of the joys in life.
just as we do the original birth of Christ
For all he has done for us.
One of my favorite is watching the joy of discovery
of a child as they seek to find what is filling the
empty space of a freshly found Easter egg.
Personally, there are very few sugary treats found inside the eggs I fill. I much prefer to fill them with things that will make an impression, for the hunt, for Easter, and long after the festivities over. A few of my favorites:
Easter Hunt – Objects that can be included in some sort of craft. Fill the eggs and number from 1 – 8 (or however many eggs need to be filled for the craft). Children must continue to look for eggs until they have one of each number. So this works well for one child, or many. Craft projects may include:
beads and string for jewelry (foam beads or smaller beads…)
different colors of playdough or clay
foam pieces to make a picture, etc.
Easter Morning – Have large plastic (washed) eggs filled with breakfast items; small muffins, dry cereal, small fruits like grapes, cherries, or strawberries. Hide them, along with colorful boiled eggs, for the children to find on Easter morning.
Easter Afternoon – Use the instructions for Resurrection Eggs, which help solidify some of the facts of the story of why we really celebrate Easter. Please follow the link, as they explain it much better than I.
After Easter – Make TIMBRE EGGS. This just means filling the plastic eggs with various objects to make different sounds. I prefer to use colorful electrical tape to keep the eggs closed. For younger children, use edible items (just in case they come open). For fillings, you may use:
Small items for a light sound – rice, small cereal, small beads, paper clips, Goldfish snacks
Medium item for great shaker sound – unpopped popcorn, beans, coffee beans, jelly beans, plastic beads, jingle bells
Large items for a clunky sound – pecan, or small nut, wooded spool, marble
For non-food items try to include at least one egg filled with each of the following materials; metal, wood, plastic, glass (like a marble) and any other that you think will make a different sound.
Babies/Toddlers: Just have these available to explore with your child frequently. Listening to these varieties of sound (also called TIMBRE) is excellent for building neural pathways for these sounds – providing them a foundation for understanding the sounds in their environment. Young children also like open-able eggs filled with different textures to explore.
Toddler/Preschoolers: Make two of each kind. Let the child listen to the sounds and match the ones that are the same. Younger children should only have a few choices (like 3 sets), whereas preschoolers can handle more sets. These children are not quite ready to identify the object, but can match them. Make sure they have a chance to use their new instruments to make a parade around the house or yard sing their favorite songs, or marching to the sound of music. Have fun!
Older Children: Make a list of the things you have used. After all have been made, have the children listen to the sound and determine what objects were put in that egg. This is EXCELLENT for LISTENING DISCRIMINATION.
This is a great project to do WITH the children. (I don’t suggest including these in the hunt, because they will do whatever they have to to open the egg.) If you do this WITH them, they see what goes IN the egg already, and can focus their attention on the SOUND instead.